In standard contradictory Nick Diaz fashion, Georges St Pierre both hits like a girl and may have loaded his gloves. Just before the fight, Nick’s corner Jake Shields tweeted “I just checked GSP’s gloves and the wrap looked shady…now commission won’t let me back. Been trying to for the past 30 minutes…. Not saying he’s cheating but wtf?!” Georges’ coach Firas Zahabi shared his view on what happened:
“I was outside, when [Tri Star fighter] Mike Ricci was fighting,” Zahabi said. “So right when I came in, I saw Jake Shields waiting at the door, so I said hello to him. I didn’t know what he doing there, and when I walked into the room they were like ‘hey, they’re not letting us, they’re interrupting us.’ I was more than happy, but they told me they already did come in and check the hand wraps, so I said, you know what, not more than that, because it will never end.”
Zahabi knew if he continued to let Diaz’s camp question St-Pierre’s hand wraps, things had the potential to spiral out of control.
“Then it will be checking his cup,” he said. “Then it will be checking his shorts, then, what else, we’re warming up here, you don’t have infinite time to warm up. We’re going to go through a routine, we’re not going to be interrupted, the commission came in and said ‘please do check it again.’ The referee came in and checked the gloves and I said ‘you know what, bring NASA, if someone from the NASA office is out there, bring them in and let them check anybody who wants to check anything, you can have the hand wraps after the fight. You can have the gloves, send them to any laboratory you want, bring VADA in here right after, before, during, after.’ But I don’t want them to call the shots. I don’t want them to tell me when we’re warming up and when we’re not warming up.”
Dana White was asked about the situation and called dicking fighters around before a fight ‘one of the oldest tricks in the boxing game’, but also confirmed the hand wrappings where bagged after the fight and would be inspected by the Commission. But considering the ref checked them out before the fight, it just sounds like more pointless Diaz drama. If only the fight itself had been as eventful as everything surrounding it!